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CANCELLED: The Boise Blues Society presents James Armstrong
The Sapphire Room, located inside The Riverside Hotel and Convention Center
Boise, ID
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CANCELLED: The Boise Blues Society presents James Armstrong
This show has been CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience. Questions or concerns? Please contact Stephanie at

Boise Blues Society is pleased to bring talented blues guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong and his band to the Sapphire Room. Armstrong was born to play the blues: His mother was a blues singer, and his father played jazz guitar. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personality and seasoned skills.

BBS is building a thriving Blues Community, bringing you great blues performers, blues education for all ages, and supporting local blues bands. To learn more about The Boise Blues Society, please visit our webpage at

October 19th, 2016. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm.

General Seating: $14 ($19 at the door)
Preferred Seating: $16 ($21 at the door)

Discount for BBS members! Info at

Full food menu and bar available. This is an all-ages show.

If you do not want to use this online form, you can call 1-800-838-3006 and select option #1 (available 24/7) to order tickets over the phone.

Many tables in The Sapphire Room are at bar height. Those requiring lower or accessible seating will be most comfortable in the preferred seating section directly in front of the stage or at the bar (21+).

Advance ticket sales will end 4 hours before the show. Unsold seats will be available at the door an hour before the event on October 19th.

DOORS OPEN AT 6:30pm --  see you there!


His latest CD Guitar Angels (Catfood Records, 2014) was awarded Best Traditional Release by Blues411, and has been called "a fine example of his contemporary yet reverent take on the blues" (Atlanta Journal Constitution). Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl.

While in his twenties, James was the youngest guitar player to play in Smokey Wilsons legendary band. James also helped form a band in Southern California called Mama Roo. That collaboration resulted in an album of the same name, and his first recording contract with Crescendo Records. In the early 90s James got plenty of exposure to his musical influences, including Albert Collins, who spent quality time with James and taught him a few tricks. Shortly after that he was discovered and signed by HighTone Records owner Bruce Bromberg who found Robert Cray and Joe Louis Walker.

Then, just as he was about to tour with his critically acclaimed first album Sleeping With A Stranger, tragedy struck. The events surrounding a home invasion left Armstrong without the use of his left hand and arm, including permanent nerve damage. This threatened to end his career forever. But, thanks to the support of friends, fans and the blues community Armstrong came back two years later with a second album, Dark Night.

What Armstrong lost in the tragedy he gained in a whole new respect for the music itself, the power in slow blues, how the silences between the notes are as important as the notes. Armstrong also turned his efforts to perfecting his songwriting, vocal and slide guitar skills, all the while developing his gift for turning hardship into song. The results were a third album, Got It Goin On. The CD garnered two WC Handy award nominations for best blues guitarist and for best song of the year with Pennies and Picks.

Over the years Armstrong has performed in many countries including North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked beside Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Roy Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ricky Lee Jones, and Joe Louis Walker, to name a few.


The Sapphire Room, located inside The Riverside Hotel and Convention Center (View)
2900 West Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID 83714
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Sapphire Room
On BPT Since: Aug 12, 2014
The Riverside Hotel

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